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West Ham: £60m star would be ‘perfect signing’ at London Stadium

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West Ham United target James Ward-Prowse would be ‘a perfect signing’ for manager David Moyes, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Ward-Prowse only put pen to paper on a new five-year contract last August but is already being linked with a move away from Southampton due to his outstanding displays for the club.

A host of top Premier League teams have been credited with an interest in the 27-year-old since last season reached its conclusion, including West Ham.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the east London outfit ‘are tracking’ the England international, although they could find it difficult to fend off competition for his signature.

The likes of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are also believed to be in the running for Ward-Prowse this summer.

It’s little surprise that the engine room operator, who is believed to be valued at £60 million by the Saints, has so many admirers, though.

He notched up 11 goals and eight assists in 42 league and cup appearances last term despite Ralph Hasenhuttl’s charges struggling in the lower echelons of the top-flight table for large periods of the campaign.

What has O’Rourke said about Ward-Prowse?

A key asset of West Ham’s game is their threat from set-pieces, an area Ward-Prowse specialises in, and O’Rourke believes that makes him an ideal acquisition for the capital club.

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He told GiveMeSport: “That’d be a perfect signing for David Moyes, I think, James Ward-Prowse.

“We all know how good he is from set-pieces, and we know how strong West Ham are from set-pieces, so he’ll just add another armoury to those set-piece routines with so many goals coming from that source for West Ham.”

Would Ward-Prowse be a perfect signing?

As per WhoScored, West Ham had the joint-fifth best record from set-pieces in the Premier League last season, scoring 14 of their 60 goals through that method.

And the addition of Ward-Prowse could make the Irons an even more lethal threat from dead-ball situations.

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The technically gifted ace has bagged 14 goals from direct free-kicks in the Premier League throughout his career, just four fewer than record-holder David Beckham.

Ward-Prowse’s midfield partner at Southampton Oriol Romeu has previously described him as an “outstanding player”, and he may feel he’s finally ready to take the next step in his career.

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